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Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:28:41 -0500


Senator Trained as Accountant Presses Pentagon on Pricey Audit

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:28:41 -0500

Budget chairman Enzi asks Mattis for timeline after report exposing flaws.Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., sent a letter seeking concrete commitments for using the new audit in light of an embarrassing report this month on poor tracking of millions of dollars by the Defense Logistics Agency.

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How to Grow the Military Without Buying More Ships, Planes, Tanks

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:45:57 -0500

Pentagon leaders want to shorten the time spent on overhauls, keeping the weapons more available to fight.

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TSA's Facial Recognition Pilot Program May Make Travel Worse for Ethnic Minorities

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:30:38 -0500

Program could make travel simpler for some, but more complicated for others.Passengers from international flights pass through a TSA checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Here’s What Invisible Brain Weapons Did to U.S. Diplomatic Workers in Cuba

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:00:00 -0500

The long-awaited report names no culprits and fails even to determine how the damage was done. But it documents real, long-lasting damage.

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White House Threatens ‘Consequences’ for 2017 Russian Cyberattack

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500

In an unusual public statement, the White House fingered Russia and said it would respond with unspecified “international consequences" to NotPetya.

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1990s Law Limits CDC's Ability to Research Gun Violence As a Public Health Issue

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:54:21 -0500

Law was intended to prevent gun control advocacy, but has ended up preventing the agency from studying gun-related deaths.The scene outside Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, following a mass shooting that killed 17 students and staff.

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The Case of the Sick Americans in Cuba Gets Stranger

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:12:23 -0500

The suspects include Cubans, Russians, cicadas, and psychology.Rays from the setting sun shine on the facade of the United States Embassy, in Havana in October.

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Trump Said He Cut $1B from Air Force One's Price. His New Budget Says He Hasn't

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:31:23 -0500

The Pentagon's budget request sent to Congress on Monday still projects two new Air Force One jetliners costing $4 billion.President Trump boards Air Force One on Feb. 5.

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Trump Proposes 10% Bump for the Pentagon — Then Four Flat Years

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:04:02 -0500

The coming military buildup is looking smaller than promised.Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House after arriving on Marine One last week.

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Analysis: The Truth About Military Parades

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:37:05 -0500

Military parades say more about those who order and watch them than those who participate in them.Marchers carry a giant American flag up Broadway in New York Monday, June 10, 1991, during Operation Welcome Home, the ticker-tape parade for returning veterans of Operation Desert Storm.

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U.S. Army Now Holding Drills With Ground Robots That Shoot

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:30:24 -0500

Last year saw a historic first: an exercise in which an unmanned vehicle provided live covering fire for American troops.Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiment, Mississippi Army National Guard, provide overwatch in an M113 armored personnel carrier during the battalion’s live fire exercise June 8, 2017, at the National Training Center.

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Peace Through Bombings: The U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:00:41 -0500

The goal of negotiating with the Taliban is at odds with President Trump’s statements.An Afghan 8th Special Operations Kandak Commando provides early warning for a convoy from a mountain top in Wach Kot Valley, Nangarhar province in December.

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Military Watchdogs Defend Process for Probing Officer Misconduct

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:23:30 -0500

Rep. Speier wants tougher standards for sexual abuse cases.Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said that many senior officers are “not being held to the same standards as the rank and file.”

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Trump Wants a Military Parade — So What?

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 10:00:21 -0500

Displays of weaponry in Washington are rare, unlike in other capitals.Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron walk to a military parade in Paris in July.

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Two-Year Budget Deal Would Give Pentagon $700B in 2018

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:51:28 -0500

The deal comes with a new continuing resolution to give House and Senate lawmakers time to work out details.Jim Mattis briefs reporters on Wednesday.

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DHS’s New Plan for Refugee Screening Looks a Lot Like TSA PreCheck

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:13:55 -0500

Forget bans. Risk-based screening is the new way to vet refugees, and it could be useful for visa applicants as well.

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Pentagon Confirms It’s Developing Nuclear Cruise Missile to Counter a Similar Russian One

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0500

The new Nuclear Posture Review nods to North Korea, China, and Iran but devotes most of its time to Russian threats and U.S. deterrence.Missile launchers are shown before a Red Square military parade in 2016.

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Force Holding ‘Hundreds’ of ISIS Foreign Fighters

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

A day after CENTCOM'S leader says they should face prosecution at home, Trump hints at Gitmo option.A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter in the liberated soccer stadium-turned-prison where ISIS held locals, Raqqa, Syria, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Now, SDF is holding captive 'hundreds' of ISIS foreign fighters.

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Qatar Wants to Host U.S. Ships, Expand Air Base For American Families

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:52:24 -0500

Amid the Saudi-led blockade, the Qatari defense minister came to Washington seeking deeper ties with U.S.Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigan, commander of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, speaks with a Qatari Emiri Air Force leader at the QEAF Family Cultural Exchange at Al Udeid Air Base in December.

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Half of the U.S. Military’s Sites Are Vulnerable to Climate Change. Now What?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500

Next up: figuring out what bases, airfields, and naval stations need help first, says the former Pentagon appointee who started the survey.The Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team continues to respond to rescue requests in the great Houston area in August.

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16 Years of Presidents Talking About the War in Afghanistan

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:58:44 -0500

And the war keeps going.George W. Bush delivers the State of the Union in 2008.

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Senator: The U.S. Military is Preparing for a War with North Korea That It Hopes Never to Fight

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 10:00:03 -0500

Most Americans are not aware of "just how close we are to war on the Korean peninsula," says Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.Soldiers demonstrate mission oriented protective posture (MOPP) gear change during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training at Camp Casey/Hovey, Republic of Korea in November.

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Turkey’s Attack on Kurds Tops U.S. Concerns in Syria, Even as ISIS Keeps Fighting

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:42:09 -0500

Over the past week, the leader of U.S. Central Command and other American military commanders in the region have sounded increasingly alarmed.Turkish army tanks leaving Hassa, Hatay, Turkey, and heading for Afrin, an enclave in northern Syria controlled by U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters, on Jan. 22, 2018.

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The Marines Have ‘Too Many Hornets’

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

The commandant wants to retire beaten-up F/A-18s more quickly as F-35s join the Corps.A Marine Corps F-35 Lightning II aircraft is escorted by two Marine F/A-18 Hornets.

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Trump's Red Line on North Korea Gets Fuzzier

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:30:42 -0500

Mike Pompeo adds a few caveats to America's strategy.CIA Director Mike Pompeo listens to a question during an event at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday.

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